One of my favorite cartoons when I was growing up was a Warner Bros. series involving Sam, a bumbling sheepdog, and Ralph, a dimwitted wolf. As with the Road Runner cartoons, the plots of each episode were basically the same. Ralph would devise a stratagem for stealing one of the sheep that the sheepdog watched over — or for eliminating the sheepdog. He’d tunnel under the turf. Try to swing in from a trapeze. Amass a huge cache of artillery and explosives to blow up the dog. All to no avail.
My favorite place to visit in New York City these days is the High Line Park, which was created on a 1.5-mile stretch of elevated railroad track on Manhattan’s west side along 10th Avenue. From 1940-80, freight trains used the track to bring food and other goods directly to factories, warehouses and stores that backed up to the tracks. After truck deliveries made the line obsolete, it sat abandoned until a group of local residents reimagined it as a public space.
For the purpose of this column, I want to focus on how Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry took on the LGBTQ-related issue and ask you to decide how you feel about his approach. Seen one way, Curry handled the LGBTQ ordinance issue in a squirmy, weaselly fashion. He didn’t overtly champion anything — either LGBTQ rights or the value of the ordinance to the city’s business community.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".